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TV AND FILM ON DEMAND SERVICE Netflix regularly checks out 'piracy' websites to see what does good business and what might be good for it.
Netflix has a decent range of programming already. It offers the Emmy award winning House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black. Its most recent and biggest big hitter film is the first part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. Also showing on Netflix outside the US are the latest TV episodes of meth cook soap opera Breaking Bad.
In order to choose what it shows and what it does not show, the firm keeps an close eye on film downloading websites.
Kelly Merryman, VP of content acquisition at Netflix told Dutch website Tweakers that the piracy websites give it a good view of what is popular and what might make a good acquisition.
"When purchasing series, we look at what does well on piracy sites," she said. "Prison Break is exceptionally popular on piracy sites."
Netflix has just launched service in the Netherlands with TV shows including Breaking Bad.
Some things do not make the grade though, and apparently never will. Merryman said that Netflix has chosen to avoid shows that are broadcast live. This means that its viewers will never have to endure the will they won't they song pony show, The Voice.
"We see what movies are popular in the cinema and what the ratings," said Merryman. "But there are many [programmes] that we will not buy, such as The Voice. Such live [programmes] are better suited for live TV. That's Why we do not focus on sporting events, news [programmes] and concert recordings." µ
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